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Editor-in-Chief — Catherine F. Healy
Assistant — Agnes C. Murphy
M. McNerney A. Donovan
R. Trainor C. Meagher
E. Webster M. March
Business Manager — Ma rga r et White
Assistant — Mild h e i ) J E \ K s
In view of establishing a custom for future classes of Normal, the class
of nineteen hundred and eleven has undertaken to issue a book, in which to
record the history, the joys and sorrows, the hopes and fears of the class.
To the coming' classes of our Alma Mater, we dedicate this book of class
expression, and upon them, we place the obligation of continuing the work
In after years, may the*e pages serve to enliven the ever present mem-
ories of our pleasant normal days.
Frank F. Murdock, Principal
My past life avails little. My present life is an attempt to make edu-
cation immediately serviceable and inspiring, adequate to the needs of our
people. My future life will be the endeavor to set to work in many a mind
the principles — Equal Opportunity for All and the Right Opportunity for
My hope is to accomplish as much as is expected of me. My reward is
the success of our graduates and the progress of our ideals.
\ et all these are but the life of our school, and they are mine only in com-
mon with all who have shared in the development of our school.
TO THE (LASS OF 1911
My congratulations to the class of 1!)11! My thanks for the opportunity
to greet you through your class book. ** Success is nothing hut a good idea
coupled with hard work." You have worked and won: you have attained
Like the beautiful sky line of our encircling mountains your life with
us has had its rhythmic course, now lifting us to new views, now resting us
in fond hopes of your future. Always have you, perhaps all unconsciously,
led us into deeper understanding, broader sympathies, and nobler endeavors.
I was restless for the day to come when we should enter upon our ex-
ploration of human problems. I am even more unwilling for that day to
come when your journey into life will he beyond my view. Without you a
certain new enlargement of ideals would not have come, for in executive work
there is relatively little satisfaction of the higher life.
"Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them." You are many
friends to me and my prosperity cannot he measured. I have brought you
adversity enough to try your friendship and you endure. So months before
you separate for new successes I regret that you must go. Many an evening
I see your faces, each vivid in its turn, and I wonder what questions you
would ask, if you dared. Then I pass from wondering to recalling my own
experiences, what I wish some one had told me early in life, and I resolve
you shall have the satisfaction, the contentment which arises when the mean-
ing and end of life are reasonably clear before one undertakes his part in the
Happiness will be yours. It grows by doing: so it may be cultivated.
It will shine out of your face or flow from the touch of your hand to all whom
you serve. Energy, courage, and persistence; enthusiasm, faith, and skill!
These are the conditions of success in happiness. You have them and your
future looms large with power and full of accomplishment.
F. F. Murdoch:.
R. W. Guss
Graduate of Indiana (Pa.) State Nor-
mal School, 1881; Wesleyan University,
A. B., 1888; member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Studied in summer schools as follows:
Zoology, Martha's Vineyard, 1887, and
Woods Holl Marine Biological Labora-
tory, 188!); Geology, Harvard University
field course. 1890 and 1891 and Colorado
College, 1892 and 1894; Cook Co. (111.)
Normal School, 189.'}; University of Buf-
falo, 18!)(i; Cornell University, College of
Agriculture, 1899; Mass. Agricultural Col-
Taught in public schools of Pennsyl-
vania, four years, ungraded school to
principalship before 1884; Wesleyan
Academy, Wilbraham, Mass., 1888-1801;
State Normal School, Greely, Col.,
1891-1896. Department of natural science
and nature study at the State Normal
School, rforth Adams, Mass., since 1897.
Archer C. Bowen
Graduate of Adams Training School;
Bridgewater Normal School; University
of Chicago; student at Harvard and
New York University summer schools.
Taught in Savoy, Granville, West
Springfield, Dover, N. H.; supervising
principal in Melrose, Maiden, and Ever-
ett. Since 1!)()S has been in charge of
the department of geography, history,
economics at the State Normal School,
North Adams, Mass.
Floyd B. Jenks
Graduate of Purdue University, In-
diana, B. S. Agr.
Charge of department of biology and
agriculture in the high school at Goshen,
Indiana, 11)04-8. Assistant Professor
Agricultural Education Massachusetts
Agricultural College at Amherst; de-
partment of agriculture at State Normal
School, North Adams, Mass., 1908-11.
Arthur W. Trubey
Graduate of Phillips Academy, An-
dover, Mass.; Sloyd Training School,
Worked with manufacturing compan-
ies at Lowell, North Chelmsford, and
Taught in district schools, principal
of grammar and high schools. Instructor
in manual arts in Wakefield, Mass.;
Berlin High School, Berlin, N. H.; Gil-
bert School, Winsted, Conn.; Fitchburg
Supervisor manual training. State Nor-
mal School, North Adams, Mass., 1910,
Mrs. Donna D. Couch
Graduate of Butchel College, Akron,
Ohio; degree of A. M. was conferred by
her Alma Mater in 1905. Teachers'
Professional Certificate and Teachers*
Permanent Certificate for Penn. Special
course in the State Normal School at
Taught German and mathematics in
the high schools of Union City, Penn. and
Cambridge Springs, Penn. Principal of
the Veazie Street School, North Adams,
Mass., 188.5; of the Mark Hopkins school
in 1889; When the normal school was
established at North Adams, 1897, the
Mark Hopkins School became the train-
ing school for the normal school and she
was made principal of the training de-
partment and instructor of the normal
students in penmanship, child study,
school organization and school manage-
ment, which position she now holds.
Mary A. Pearson
Graduate of Abbott Academy, An-
dover, Mass.; Summer School of Methods,
Glens Falls, X. Y.; State Normal Art
School, Boston. Studied also with pupils
of Triscott and Enneking. Attended the
Round Lake and Saratoga Summer School
of Methods. Three summer tours to
Europe for the study of historic art.
Members of the Eastern Art Teachers'
Association, Council of Supervisors of the
Manual Arts, and the International Con-
gress for the Development of Drawing
and Art Teaching.
Taught in rural schools and in graded
schools ranging from the fourth through
the ninth grades. Supervisor of drawing
for five years in groups of towns around
Boston. Supervisor of drawing. State
Normal School, North Adams, Mass.
Rosa E. SEARLE
Graduate of Westfield Normal School.
Summer courses in Music at Boston
and Evanston, 111.
Supervisor of mathematics and music.
State Normal School, North Adams,
Mass. since 1897.
Annie C. Skeele
Graduate State Normal School, Bridge-
water, Mass.; Posse Gymnasium, Boston.
Taught in Private gymnasiam 1893-
1895; State Normal School, Mansfield,
Penn., 18!).>-18!)7. Instructor in hygiene
and physical training, State Normal
School, North Adams, Mass. since 1897.
Mary Louise Baright
Graduate of Cook's Collegiate Insti-
tute, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; Boston Uni-
versity, and Curry's School of Expres-
sion, Boston, Mass.; Chicago University,
Taught in private school, Nashville,
Tenn.; State Normal School, West Ches-
ter, Pa.; University of Oregon, Eugene,
Oregon, 1895-1897; State Normal School,
Milwaukee, Wis., 1898-1902; State Nor-
mal School, North Adams, Mass. since
Mas. Eliza Graeme Graves
Graduate of the Free Kindergarten
Association, Louisville, Kentucky.
Principal for one year of a private
kindergarten, Louisville, Kentucky.
Principal of the Parent Kindergarten
under the Free Kindergarten Association,
Louisville, Kentucky, for four years.
Two years of this time supervisor of an
additional kindergarten and critic of all
the manual work of the normal classes
under the Association.
Training teacher, principal of the model
kindergarten, and supervisor of an addi-
tional kindergarten at the State Normal
School, Willimantic, Connecticut; part
of this time teaching the psychology of
play to the normal students and having
charge of play and games in grades 1
and II, 1S!M;-1!)<)4. Principal of the
kindergarten in the training school and
training teacher in the kindergarten-
primary course, at the State Normal
school. North Adams, Mass. since 1!)04.
Annie J. Lamphier
Graduate of State Normal School.
Salem, Mass., and of courses at various
summer schools including Xew ^1 ork
University, Massachusetts Agricultural
College and Chautauqua School of Arts
Pupils in Saturday classes at Sloyd
Normal School and of private instructor
in other lines of hand work.
Teacher of children in primary grades
in Lynn and Newton, Mass., and in
grade I, Mark Hopkins Training School.
North Adams, Mass., 1904-11)10. In-
structor in snmmer schools and private
classes in basketry and in folk-dancing.
Director of elementary handicraft at the
State Normal School, North Adams, in-
cluding basketry and other forms of
weaving, printing, woodwork, etc. since
Helen Van Arnim Schuyler
Graduate of Boston Normal Cooking
Supervisor household arts, Williams-
town, Mass. 1904-7.
Supervisor household arts, North
Adams, Mass. and at the State Normal
School since 1907.
Graduate of the Massachusetts Normal
Art School, '09.
Member of Eastern Art and Manual
Assistant art supervisor. State Normal
School, North Adams, Mass. 1909-1911.
Graduate of School of Domestic Science,
Assistant matron at Taconic Hall,
North Adams, 1903; .Matron at Taconic
Hall, since 1!)()4.
Graduate of Drury High School, North
Adams. Mass. Studied at Bliss Business
College, North Adams, Mass.
Secretary, State Normal School. North
Adams, Mass. since 1906.
Bessie M each am Allsop Williamstown, Mass.
"Guilty or not?" We learn the haven
Of every Senior in 1911.
Has Bessie a romance? Well! I guess;
Come now, Bessie, do confess.
It is not good that woman be alone.
We all know, Bess, that this is your firm belief,
and as "the sex is ever to the doctor kind," do
what is in your power for your friend from Har-
Mary Ellen Burke
Mary is a timid lass
But still she makes things go;
In gym especially she leads
When she gets worked up so.
We'll miss you awfully Mary, dear,
(So will the Berkshire line)
And here's success to you, my dear,
We drink to vou everv time.
Mary Gertrude Burns Pittsfield, Mass.
"Oh, what a face was hers to brighten light.
And give back sunshine with an added glow.
To wile each moment with a fresh delight.
And part of memory's best contentment grow!"
We all have heard of "Pete the Acrobat," who
is none other than "Our Molly." Besides this
world wide fame she has several other honors, of
course. Eor instance she is the shortest girl in
class, but above all she is considered the cutest,
and her smiling face and cheery ways have made
her quite a favorite.
Olive Christine Burt Easthampt©n, Mass.
Olive is noted for her ability to "think along
straight lines and make life applications," as well
as for her greed for literature; for one of her favorite
pasttimes is to lie in bed and read, even if she has
to go without her breakfast.
Bessie Alta Clark South Deerfield, Mass.
"Maiden with the meek brown eyes,"
In whose depths a twinkle lies;
Whose golden tresses, curled and neat,
(Muster round thv face so sweet.
Thou art a winsome lass indeed,
If the signs I rightly read.
For those letters — do they not tell
Of many ;i youth under thy spell?
One, indeed, so I have heard,
Puzzles this maid with many a word
Dee]) and sonorous, and reference, too
To Latin and other tongues — not a few.
But not only youths are under her spell.
For beloved of all her classmates as well
This maid is. Indeed you must mark.
Known as the sweetest of all. is Bess Clark.
Bridgie Anna Cody Middlefield, Mass.
Bridgie is our class president, spiritual adviser
and our all around girl. She has a very sweet and
musical voice as was shown in the class play where
her singing made a great hit. But even this can't
be compared to the hit she makes when she sings
"Down on the Farm" to a bunch of lonesome
girls. The class of 1!)11 expects great things from
Bridgie especially in the school lines.
Helen Connor Holyoke, Mass.
When we write of Helen Connor there is much that
we might say
For there's always something doing when she's
She can manage things with vigor from a picnic to
And as a friend, — no better could he found.
Mary Cook Sheffield, Mass.
Cookie is known far and wide as the best girl
on the team. Besides being a great basket-ball
player she is also a great reader. You may ask
Cookie for any part of Scott's "Ivanhoe" and she
can quote it for you. I wonder why?
Mildred Sarah Davenport Colrain, Mass.
Did some one say Mildred Davenport? Why
she is the young lady from that little town famous
for being the scene of the first hoisting of the flag
over the school house. "Just what was that? I
didn't quite catch it." Now, I am not going to
begin to quote this young lady, for I can't, so there?
You ought to see her take off everybody from the
professor to the janitor in order to know her. This
dramatic talent is carried to the classroom, too;
and when the teacher's back is turned, the class
is afforded many an entertainment by those con-
tortions of despair and agony for in one of those
trying moments did not that old familiar poem
"Under the spreading blacksmith tree
The village chestnut stands?"
Anna Donovan* North Adams, Mass.
Kind, thoughtful and an ever ready helper is
Anna. One of the most versatile and also one of
the most unpretentious: a girl that any class might
well he proud of.
Kathryn Donovan Adams, Mass.
There is a fair lassie named Kit,
Who surely is ever most fit
To laugh, or to dance, to flirt, or to wink,
For never from men did she shrink.
There was a fair laddie named Rupe,
Who was always on hand, and the loop
Which he threw, to himself ever knit
The fair, pretty lassie named Kit.
She never a hook would take home.
But ever to pictures would roam
Now what's the effect on her mind,
I've not vet been able to find.
Elizabeth Eno Bristol, Vt.
Who is the busy, busy bee of the class of 1 !) 1 1 ?
Early in the morning till late at night she toils
among her books with never a moment's frivolity.
Who this serious brown eyed lassie is, is not
hard to tell, for we all know she is Elizabeth Eno.
Mary Axtoniette Foster Stamford, Vt.
Here is one girl in 1911, who has shown great
ability as a manager. In the future who doubts
but that we will find her mistress of a thoroughly
scentifie farm, without the assistance of a man.
The predominant qualities Mary has always shown
as one of the girls are hidden in these words of
"A dogrose smiling to a brook
Ain't modester nor sweeter."
North Adams, Mass.
Off in the still noon hour,
Couched in her leather bower,
Kit, the loquacious,
Or in assembly hall
With light and soft foot fall,
Dances a measure gay,
Tripping it lightly.
Oft in the noisy gym,
"Playing with wonderous vim,
Catherine, the agile.
Fights for the victory.
Yet not in gym alone
Has her ability shone,
But from all work done
Comes back with laurels won.
Julia Cecelia Heery Shelbikxe Falls, Mass.
Jule might be considered our most polite and
fussy member, if she did not seriously object.
Her success is due to her conscientious working
and her strict attention to everything said in class,
for Jule never misses a trick. She has been accused
of being absent minded and gullible but we all
know, Jule included, that such a thing is impossible.
Leona Hilton Adams. Mass.
Leona Hilton the girl from Adams,
Who wears the hobble skirts.
Isn't t lie worst girl in the school,
And yet she sometimes shirks.
No matter what her duties are.
A\ hen Wednesday night comes round.
A certain one and Leona, together are surely found.
Ella R. Hkalkv Southampton, Mass.
"And still they gazed,
And still the wonder grew
That one small head could carry all she knew."
Ella is noted for always having her lessons for
her dramatic gesture when excited, and for being
"C. T." at the waitress table.
Mildred Jenks Cheshire, Mass.
Fair Cheshire sends us Mildred Jenks
And with this girl good common sense!
Her interest is e'er intense
Especially in "adjustment to their and our envir-
She ne'er misses a single word
Which in chapel is to he heard.
She's conscientious to the end
Which in fact — has been her trend.
Rose Marie Johnson Holyoke, Mass.
Rose, known to us as Pose or Johnny came from
the busy city of Holyoke. By her smiling face, her
giggling, winning ways she has endeared herself
to her classmates and will be missed by all, but
especially by her North Adams friends. Pose's
favorite holiday is the 17th of March, why or
wherefore some do not know, but perhaps some
night when she is singing 'Lonesome,' she will be
willing to tell the whole world.
Helen K. Judd
" Work while you work
And play while you play
That is the way
To be happy and gay."
But to work all day
And to work all night.
At Wesson, for Helen
Would be delight."
Helen Kay Adams, Mass.
From Adams comes Helen
Kay is her name
And though you may not know it
She's a girl of great fame.
She's not very thin
And she's not very tall
And she's always at everyone's beck and call:
In the "kindergarten sandwich"
She's usually the ham
But then we all love her
Like Mary's wee lamb.
Mary G. Knap Pittsburg, Pa.
After knowing for so long this "little lady' with
her sweet disposition and winning way, after seeing
her in the classroom, ever ready to answer any
questions put to her and reasoning to the satisfac-
tion of her teachers, we were much surprised to
hear how hot she made things for Sambo when he
came so far to see her.
Rose CYRILLE LyNES HolyoKE, Mass.
Full well she laughed in solitary glee
At her own jokes, for many a joke had she.
However Lynsie may occasionally he found in a
serious mood — especially in tie "gym" (?) Tennis
and fancy folk-dances are among her talented ac-
complishments. As a conversationalist, I.ynsie's
coquaciousness may he considered of the first
rank provided she is in congenial company.
Mary Madeline Mackey Lenox, Mass.
"The radiance of her hair bewilders me." May
or Mack is one of the Lenox trio. In gym she
shines, being captain of one of the class teams and
the class sprinter. Her favorite pastime is sleep-
ing, while her favorite study is astronomy, being
especially interested in the "Son." If Mack ever
tires of her vocation we have no doubt but that
she will follow in the footsteps of Melha as her
ability in this line has been shown in her rendering
of "Call me up some rainy afternoon."
Alice Teresa Mahanna Lenox, Mass.
Tessy, Alice, or Al, another of the jolly "Lenox
Trio*' and secretary of our class came to N. A. X. S.
to take up what was presumably her work in life,
that of teaching' and from all reports she is making
excellent progress. Dignified! Well, I guess! Al-
though at present her favorite song is "No Wedding
Bells for Me" our expectations are that her taste
in music will change.
Margaret Grace Maloxey Northampton, Mass.
"Her air, her smile, her motions, told
Of womanly completeness;
A music as of household songs
Was in her voice of sweetness."
All this applies to Marguerite or Peg for who
has the air, the smile, or the welcome that Leg has
to greet the girls with? Truly the title of Class
Entertainer suits our friend. She is a star in gym
and especially an advocate of culture in basket hall.
Her favorite song is "I'm afraid of You" and you
may hear her going through the halls at any time
of night saying "If I Might Have Done."
Mary Idabel March Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Singing in the corridor
Shouting on the stair
Tramping over Ashland St.
doing on a tare.
If you want a jolly time
Seek the subject of my rhyme.
"Hello Girls! I'm going home Friday."
If that's the way you feel when
Von go to Shelburne Falls,
Mary, how does it affect you when
You "tech" a trip to Worcester?
This girl who formerly, they say.
Always liked to be out by Day;
But since the wheel has turned around.
Another fad this maid has found.
Her great ambition now. Oh! My!
Is forever to stand by
The Senter of mankind, and
Will never take another stand.
Though usually so very sedate.
She really has been known of late
To interfere with Cupid's play
Especially on St. Valentine's daw
Margery next year, we know
Out to gain great success you'll go;
Hut don't forget, in your little run
The jolly class of Nine-one-one.
Catherine Deeley Meagher Lenox, Mass.
Kate is the last but not least of our ■"Lenox
Trio." For over a year she has fulfilled the office
of class treasurer to the best of her ability. By
common consent she is considered our biggest
jollier for even her favorite song "Call Me Up
Some Rainy Afternoon," betray- her striking
Mary Agnes McNerney, So. Deerfield, Mass.
"Fairest and gentlest of her race.
She is all sunshine; in her face
The very soul of sweetness shines."
True, where her own sex is concerned, but let
the other sex beware, for no smiling face greets the
males, no eager eye is toward them, the passive
face remains unchanged and one is apt to hear the
exclamation "Stung!" Molly's one other prom-
inent characteristic is her faculty for cutting "gym."
Yes 'tis true, Molly spends her time studying or
writing letters instead of playing the gentle (?)
class basket ball, for which our class is famous.
Let us hope Molly that in the future you will for-
get that you were remarkable for cutting "gym,"
Joe and John and that you will be to all the
"Fairest and yentlest of vour race."
Agnes Clara Murphy North Adams, Mass.
"For it's "Rah!" when the end is near, my char.
Lose or win, the cheering the same;
But there's never a cheer that is so rich and dear
As the songs at the end of the game!"
Agnes makes up many of the songs that cheer
1!)11 girls on to victory and although she is small
and appears meek, Agnes is noted for saying what
she thinks and wanting her own way. Many a
day she may be seen wending her way from Normal
to the Library with an armful of Social Economics
Nelly Loretta Murphy North Adams, Mass.
Oh sweet, good natured Murphy
You're so jolly, and so true.
You're so loving, kind and merry
That you make us all love you.
Crushes! Well I guess so!
There are none that can surpass,
For you love us all alike.
And one outside the class.
You're always ready to laugh, Nell
But in gym you reach the limit
Though some people don't appreciate it
We're glad to have you in it.
Grace Mary Powers Whately, Mass.
The friendliest member of our class.
Our Gracie, so they say.
She's nice to meet, she's always sweet.
And cheers us on our way.
In walking she is not surpassed
By any one in town;
A mile is but a yard to her,
She goes without a frown.
In serving, quite the other way.
Poor Gracie does not shine.
But never mind; you're still all right
You'll learn it all in time.
Laura Abigail Pratt Pownal, Vt.
"Thou sayest an undisputed thing'
In such a solemn way."
These words surely fit our sedate and dignified
Laura. Although not living near at hand she has
taken an active interest in the school affairs, and
has always been ready to help in all things.
Rebecca Rosenberg North Adams, Mass.
Then too, there is our little brown-eyed, jolly,
laughing Becky. Gossip says that Becky used to
study hard, back in her girlhood days but, if these
present days be any proof of it. why, I have my
doubts about it.
Here too is a secret that you never could sur-
mise! Our little jolly, good natured Becky has an
affinity stored away carefully from the eyes of the
inquisitive world. (That is why she wouldn't go
to Panama) and it is only a question of a short
time before our frivolous Miss Rosenberg will be
no more but in her place a prim, staid Mrs. So and
She's the center of all "doings"
That center in our class;
We love this Senter very much.
She's such a little lass.
Our featherweight in basket ball.
She keeps them all away.
Who has not said "When Anna strikes.
They're knocked out" for a day?
She centers her affections rare.
In her "brother" you can tell;
His weight will almost tip her own.
And therefore, "all is well."
In the future, Anna dear.
Remember our last greeting.
Be center in that great success
You henceforth will be meeting.
Mary Agnes Shea North Adams, Mass.
"Her hand was generous as her heart."
Here we have in real life the lady of the "Open
House." Kindness, generosity, hospitality and sin-
cerity are the attributes by which yon may how
Agnes. Her favorite city is Worcester, and her
favorite color purple.
Ethel McAdoo Shields entered X. A. X. S.
with ns and we often wondered why domestic
science had such an attraction for her. Hut our
curiosity was satisfied when we found she had
resolved to follow that course for life. Although
we regretted to loose Ethel, the whole class extends
its hearty good wishes.
Laura Stevens Lee, Mass.
"This bright and witty maid of old Lee town
Won by her humor very great renown.
From early morn till late at night
Conversing was her chief delight."
Ruth Lyman Tower Becket, Mass.
Ruth is a sweet, demure little lass.
Who came from Becket to join our class.
In all that she does she is faithful and true.
In fun or in work she is always "true blue."
Rose Tkainok Worcester, Mass.
A stranger might wonder who it was in our
class who is always talking and laughing; either
discussing some deep subject or laughing at her own
or another's nonsense; but we all know who it is, for
indeed she is one of our class favorites. Wherever
she is, even if the door is tight shut, sonic class-
mate is sure to open it and call '"Hose Trainor in
here? I thought so; I heard her laughing way out
in the corridor."
Alice Marie Troy West Stockbridge, Mass.
() Troy you're a good natured girl
And poetic I am sure.
You're a friend of all the Seniors
And the Juniors you endure:
You never slam doors or get angry
You wouldn't be guilty of such
Now, understand when I say this.
I really mean, "not much."
JOHANNAH TUMPANE ADAMS, Ma&S.
Johannah Tumpane is a very fine girl,
She's as jolly as jolly can he;
She makes a fine hit wherever she goes,
For her pose is most excellent to see.
She can teach a school well,
She can sing a song well.
And as far as the gym is concerned,
There isn't a girl in the very whole school,
Who from her couldn't find things to learn.
There is seldom a hall goes over her head,
But that her long arm is there too.
And everywhere, anywhere it seems all at once,
And her actions are sure and true.
Edna Webster Stockbridge, Mass.
We all know the artist of 1911. If she isn't
already famous outside that class, she will he in
the near future. She first became prominent in
her Junior year when her name was ringing in
every ear: Miss Webster! Miss Web-ster!! Miss
Margaret Louise White Greenfield, Mass.
Commonly known as "Peg." She's a good all
round sort of a girl and when it comes to fun
"Peg" is sure to he there. Margaret is a loyal
supporter of the Norwich University although she
is also fond of Amherst "Aggie." If you wish to
be a staunch friend of this young lady just say,
"I think Greenfield is all right, don't you?" and
that is all that is necessary.
Louise Wingate Cambridge, Mass.
We all know Louise; she's a dear, anyway.
Perhaps we know her best for her athletie ability;
was she not elected the least athletie girl in the
"Weezy's" favorite letter is "H" when "H"
stands for Harvard. Does she like Harvard? Just
ask her about it? Otherwise she prefers "W"
when "W" does not stand for Williams. Perfectly
natural, I'm sure, its her own as well as somebody
else's. Still in this connection, there conies to
mind the old couplet :
"Change the name and not the letter.
Change for worse and not for better!"
Clare Skinneb Woodbury Southampton, Mass.
Yes, -on being introduced to this young lady,
you are impressed with her deniureness. In fact
you feel somewhat as if you were meeting a Pris-
cilla, but take my word for it, you will know her
only a short time before you are convinced that
Miss Clare Woodbury is an up-to-date girl of the
Miss Jeannette Woodbury Bangor, Maine
"Well," this is our most loquacious maiden, so
talkative that when we meet her we always wonder
if she is talking yet or again. Hut I would not
have you think that her fame lies wholly in her
verbosity, for she is the only one of the class of
1911, who succeeds in causing our most solemn
and dignified member of the faculty to become
"fused." "How does she do it?" you ask — "Why,
simply faint away!"
Hellooh! Hellali! for the class of 1!)11
We're enthusiastic and we're all gymnastic
And we're on for all the fun, oh yes we are.
How often the class of 1911 sang this song in the gym. every word of
which is so true!
In September 1909, we were hailed as the "record class," and the
"athletic class." No doubt we deserved it. At any rate, we immediately
started to live up to it. Oh! the courage we possessed.
When in November, Miss Skeele asked if we were ready to meet the
seniors in the gym, we jumped at the chance. Of course we would beat them!
Didn't Miss Skeele say they would have to work hard to be victors? With
confidence in our hearts we practised a little, and prepared to meet them on
Friday, Nov. 17. Oh! that day! The great game was stationary basket
ball. What didn't the circle players think when they saw the "jumping"
seniors guarding their circles? Hut whoever heard of the class of 1911 being
discouraged? It was a splendid game with good playing on both sides and
although the seniors did win, it was with a score only a few points over ours.
Were we disappointed? A little, but we did not let that get the better of our
good nature, and as the seniors filed out, we cheered and praised them with
"That was such a good game would we like to repeat it and invite our
friends?" This was the question Miss Skeele put to us the following week.
Were we ready? Wasn't every one of those players ready to meet and defeat
those seniors, as we were sure we could? Arrangements were made. What
anxious juniors we were when Friday evening finally arrived. We played—
yes, we played our best and at the end of the first half we were much encour-
aged, for we were victorious. But when the second half started we began
to despair. The seniors were steadily climbing up! They were one point
ahead! Oh! would we ever get that contrary ball in that basket? There;
she goes! One of the circle players has thrown the ball! Yes, it is going
right into the basket! It did — but just as it was thrown the whistle was
blown and the basket was not counted. That left our score one point behind
the seniors. What disappointment! It is well said, "Thou art so near and
yet so far," for that was the way we felt at that minute. However, we roused
ourselves and cheered and sang to the seniors, for we couldn't let them see
we minded a bit.
Soon we received a fresh disappointment. We were told there could
be no interclass games that spring. However we did the best we could, and
instead of the class of 1!)1() playing against the class of 1011 we had mixed
teams, but of course no score could go on the board.
The following fall we were as enthusiastic as ever, and were very anxious
to meet the new juniors in the gym. In October, Miss Skeele decided she
would allow us to play them, if they were willing. They were not only will-
ing, but they were anxious, so we arranged the games for a Friday evening
in October. We soon realized that what Miss Skeele had been telling us all
along, was true, for we were winning in everything. Stationary basket ball
was T H E game, and at the end of the second half the score stood 21 to 3.
For some time after this, interclass athletics were at a standstill. Fin-
ally we determined to again set the wheels going. We talked to Miss Skeele
and, after overcoming several difficulties, arranged to meet the juniors Feb.
21. But the fates were against us! We won end ball with a score I will not
mention because the juniors would blush so when they saw it in print. They
won double goal, beating us by one point. Then our turn came when station-
ary basket ball was announced. We were ever victors in that game! Then
came the climax. What was the trouble that the class of 15*11 let the juniors
defeat them in basket ball. The total score for the day was 10 for 1012,
That was the last time we met the class of 1011 in the gymnasium. We
played a great deal in our two years' course and really lived up to the ap-
pelation we were given when we entered.
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Oh, who won?
One nine one one!
Oh, who won?
One nine one one!
Oh, who won?
One nine one one!
N. A. N. S. one nine one one!
There's a song that's in the air, nineteen one one!
You can hear it everywhere, nineteen one one!
Through the subway to Taconic
You can hear those strains harmonic.
For we're ready for a frolic, nineteen one one!
Then we'll sing to the praise of our school, normal school
And we'll sing to the praise of our class, nine one one!
If you want good cheer and fun.
You must join with nine one one!
We're the merry, merry maids, nineteen one one!
Hellooh! hellah! for the class of nine one one
And we're all gymnastic
And we're in for all the fun, oh, yes we are!
Hellooh! hellah! for the class of nine one one!
We're always in it.
And, of course, we'll win it
In every game that's on!
Our colors float on the breeze of victory.
Our voices raise the shout of jubilee!
Hellooh! hellah! for the class of nine one one!
We'll strive for fame.
And make a name.
For X. A. nine one one!
Cheer for the seniors, seniors must win!
Fight to the finish, never give in!
Rah! rah! rah!
You do your best, girls, we'll do the rest, girls!
Fight for the victory!
Rah! rah! rah!
Juniors, Juniors, how we hate to see you lose!
Juniors, Juniors, don't you see it is no use?
But we'll all be cheering for you. Juniors
If you win?
Juniors, Juniors, don't forget to try again!
With voices sweet and clear, girls, we'll sing a merry song.
Rah! rah! rah! for nineteen one one!
Let every Senior here, girls, the accents loud prolong.
Rah! rah! rah! for nineteen one one!
Hip! hip! hurray!
Cheer nineteen one one!
^Ye win the day !
Then we'll rally round our team, girls, we'll rally once again.
Giving three cheers for nineteen one one!
It was after one of those evenings of study spent in trying to permanently
fix in the mind the location of islands, mountains, rivers, the significance
of Guam, and half a dozen other things which to us seemed so insignificant;
and Oil, dear! — selections expressing' emotions of indignation, and surprise,
together with that lesson on the screech owl which was to he presented to the
minds of so many little innocents. At last I went to bed wondering where
my classmates and I would he a few years hence. I wished that we like the
Greeks had an oracle to which we might resort for information concerning
our future and the destinies of those in whom we are interested.
Musing thus, I fell asleep and presently I found myself drifting and drift-
ing — until I actually came to the shores of Greece. By some mysterious
force I felt myself being carried onward and it was not long before I realized
that I was in the presence of the oracle. For a few moments all was silent.
Suddenly in the darkness, I saw a weird light flash forth; and in tones solemn
and majestic, a voice demanded, —
"What wouldst thou with me?"
Trembling and almost overcome with fear, yet determined to satisfy my
craving for a knowledge of the future I summoned courage and replied, —
"To me the future of my classmates is a matter of vital interest and I
will ask for nothing more if I may see or know of the location and occupation
of each in 1920."
Breathlessly I waited. Again came the deep and solemn voice whose
message I will now try to give to you.
According to the oracle, we have a Madam Melba in the person of Kath-
yrn Donovan, and despite rouge and the glare of the footlights any of us can
recognize among the chorus girls Margaret White, Bridgie Cody and Mary
Among those in the missionary field are Mildred Jenks and Marjorie
McGowan working in the sunny land of the Japs, while Ruth Tower and
Agnes Shea are consoling the rice cultivators in the region of the Hoangho.
Helen Jndd and Clare Woodbury strolling from the Massachusetts Gen-
eral on one of those few spare afternoons, feeling relieved to lay aside the
white and blue and experiencing rather a novelty in donning their chapeaux
and street attire, were attracted by the posters of a vaudeville performance,
which, after a short discussion they decided to attend. After reading the
first few numbers on the program they started, stared at each other and then
looked again at the program. No! they were not mistaken! There it was —
"Buck and Wing Dance" by Rebecca Rosenberg and Mildred Davenport.
Mary Foster, we find making practical applications of her course in Do-
mestic Science. Mr. believes that every girl should take this course.
If you are in doubt as to the economy resulting therefrom, ask him.
Who could represent us better in the struggle for Women's Rights than
Jeannette Woodbury? But who would ever think that Mary Burke would
appear as one of the principal speakers at a suffragette meeting in Reno?
The universe is interested in the publication of Mary Cook's latest book
entitled, "Helpful Hints on Map Drawing." She has previously been brought
to the notice of the public by her volume entitled, "The Effects of Night
Out in Calcutta, we hear of Mary Knap as Mrs. . Her work as
teacher and his in the engineering line have been of great service to the Eng-
"My John," one of the most popular songs of the day brought Catherine
Meagher's name before the public. The music of this song was written by
the now well-known composer Molly Burns and dedicated to "My Joey."
Ella Healy will be glad to advise any of her classmates concerning house-
hold decorations. Her efficiency in the teaching of art is evident from her
recent promotion to supervisor of drawing in the schools of Jesup, Ga.
After eliminating all men but one, Bessie Clarke settled in Amherst and
is now occupied in cooking the things "that mother used to make."
Although we often feared, while at school, for the spiritual welfare of
Alice Mahanna and Rose Lynes, we need no longer concern ourselves about
them for both have found shelter from wordly contaminations behind high
Aiding the Federal Government in settling the great question brought
about by foreign emigration are Anna Donovan and Agnes Murphy in their
successful labors at the Hull House
On account of her great sleeping ability the Ben Greet Co. have engaged
May Mackey for the "Sleep Walking" scene in Macbeth.
Do not wonder why Margaret Maloney who "was" does not correspond
with as many now as formerly, nor why she does not attend the Alumnae
dinners for "ties" big and little keep her at home.
Catherine Healy is a member of the Red Cross Society. The heart
which leads in all onward actions has not failed to lead Catherine's steps to
Even in Panama we have been represented by Leona Hilton, Laura Ste-
vens and Joe Tumpane. The latter, however, did not remain long in the
teaching profession; her notion concerning the necessity of improving sani-
tary conditions led her to the science of medicine. Urgent letters from a
"lonesome somebody" in the North made Leona's stay a short one also.
Laura alone retains the dignified post of school ma'am,
Elizabeth Eno is the wife of a prosperous New England farmer whose
prosperity is due to the use of scientific methods.
In Detroit, is the famous "Trainor Home for Boys." This school is
successfully carried on under the direction of its founder Rose E. Trainor.
In this same school, on the faculty, are Molly McNerney as art teacher and
Edna Webster as her assistant,
Nellie Murphy is matron of a large orphan asylum in the city of Boston.
By her sunny disposition and willingness to listen to the cares of childhood
she has endeared herself to the hearts of the many children that are under
Prof. David Balfour, grandson of Robert Louis Stevenson, and wife,
Laura Pratt Balfour are at present making an extended lecture tour through-
out the British Isles.
Being unable to agree with any man on even matters of slight import-
ance, Alice Troy remains an unmarried school teacher in the town of Otis.
Shortly after leaving Normal, Helen Kay gave up teaching and made
a certain man content, "while for two he now pays rent."
Strong of frame and mighty of hand, Anna Senter strikes humor as well
as learning in to the minds of uncultured little heathens on the island of Guam.
Rose Johnson has become a successful business woman in Provincetown,
Mass. Special sales on cranberries and "coffee" are held every week. She
has, as one of her regular customers, Grace Powers who has become an expert
chauffeur under the supervision of her devoted husband. Lawyer -
Bessie Allsop is living in Arizona, the wife of a prominent doctor. After
a year of teaching Helen Connor went west to visit Bessie and there Helen
captured a man as only Helen can.
Olive Burt is doing all in her power to help the future citizens of East-
hampton by teaching them to think along straight lines and make life appli-
Julia Heery is living in North Adams. Yes, right in that famous city,
the wife of a prominent business man.
Louise Wingate is living a Jekyl-Hyde sort of life, for by day she teaches
the little tots of Cambridge and at night is a leading light in society's gay
Now, dear classmates, this is as it was told to me and I only add; "May
the best of it prove true."
Rose E. Trainor,
Margaret G. Maloney,
Alice T. Mahanna.
On May ->7, 1!)10, the class of 1911 held its first banquet at the Richmond
Hotel. A fine menu was enjoyed, and great amusement furnished by the
unique place cards and the toasts on each one present. The menu booklets
were exceedingly attractive, serving as souvenirs and the after-dinner mints
created a great deal of pleasurable excitement. The large dining room was
tastefully decorated with purple, the class color, and baskets of pansies, the
class flower, were on the table.
Senior banquet occurred on June 3, at the Idlewild Inn in South Wil-
liamstown. The weather was ideal and the tally-ho ride over was a merry
one. The Prophecy and History were read and appropriate toasts given
for the chaperones, the Misses Pearson and Baright, for the School and for
the Class. Dancing was enjoyed until a late hour when the happy party
mounted the tallv-ho again and returned to North Adams.
TRIP TO THE ARNOLD PRINT WORKS
One of the most memorable trips of our junior year was that to the
Arnold Print Works. Even Nature shed sympathizing tears for us as we sal-
lied forth, clad in raincoats and rubbers, armed with umbrellas, notebooks,
and pencils, and with Mr. Guss as our leader. Every few moments, as we
marched down Church street, we heard his cheerful voice, far ahead, calling
out through the mist and rain like a silver trumpet, "Step lively girls! Step
lively between stations!" How well we responded to his gentle summons
will not be recorded here.
Proceeding in this manner, at last, we reached our destination. Oh,
the wonders which met our gaze on every side. No words can do them jus-
tice. Only those who have enjoyed such a trip can appreciate its pleasures
and sweet smells!
We were courteously shown through the factory from one end to the
other. The mysteries of the dyeing room, the printing room and bleaching
room were revealed to us, followed by an explanation of the marvels of ice
manufacture and forging.
But even then after all these wonders had been exposed to our vision, we
had not seen all there was to see in the veritable wonderland. For we had
yet to visit the gas house. Oh, what a hot place! Never will we forget the
marvels of that hour: the sights, the sounds, the smells, and last but not
least, the farewell of one who mourned over the parting in such heart render-
ing words as these? "That pack of old maids has gone for this year!"
Doubtless he agreed with the prisoner who had just regained his freedom:
"Of all glad words of tongue or pen.
The gladdest are these: 'I'm free again'."
After that, we too were free for the rest of the afternoon; free to wend
our way slowly homeward, pondering over the new knowledge we had gained,
or discussing it among ourselves, preparatory to writing a detailed account
of it in the evening.
GL E.E: CL L/ft
When the North Adams normal school opened, a Glee Club was formed
consisting of members from the junior and senior classes. The number
has always been limited to not more than twenty-six members. Each year
the girls from the junior class who are to participate are carefully selected by
Miss Searle, with the members of the senior class who belonged the preceding
year made up the club.
Before the dormitory was built the rehearsals were held twice a week,
from twelve-fifty to one twenty-five, the girls arriving on time from all over
the city. Since the opening of the dormitory the girls making their homes
there have found it impossible to be ready early, as many of them assist in
domestic work, so now the rehearsals begin promptly at one and end at one
Up to the time of senior dramatics there were two concerts a year, one
being held in the winter and the other in the early summer months. Dif-
ferent officers from the senior class were chosen for each of the two concerts
thus giving more girls an opportunity for practice as leader. At first the girls
were assisted by local talent. Later they had outside professional talent,
from Pittsfield and Northampton. In the beginning with the proceeds from
the concert the girls purchased works of art for the school, however, this was
given up and the presenting of a gift to the school was left with the graduating
The concert of 1911 was given April twenty-first. The members of the
glee club had worked faithfully committing all the pieces to memory. They
were very fortunate in securing the assistance of Miss Holmes, an instructor
on the violin at Smith College, she had been engaged several times before and
we cannot speak too highly of her. Her excellent work, with Mr. Chambers
accompanying added greatly to the program and the success of the concert
which seemed to be so thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
The girls owe a great deal of their success to Miss Searle who has worked
untiringly all the year in order that the selections should be sung with much
meaning and expression.
With the money that remains after expenses are paid interesting and ap-
propriate selections are purchased to be learned for the concert the follow-
C u X \ i n 9 £
c o n o rvx i c s
When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow laid aside his pen after writing the final
line of "The Song of Hiawatha," he had no idea that the time would come
when men would be able to see in the flesh the romantic characters created
by him from the ancient legends of the Ojibways, nor did he dream that his
daughters would one day watch under the light of a northern sun the wooing
of Minnehaha and the antics of crafty Pau-Puk-Keewis in the " Beggar's
This play was given by the Class of 1911, May 26, at Normal Hall. It
was largely attended and was a great success.
HIAWATHA— Dramatis Personae
Hiawatha, the boy
Hiawatha, the man
Margaret Ma lone y
. Anna Donovan
Elizabeth Clark, Elizabeth Eno
Mae Mackey, Anna Senter
ACT I — The Peace Pipe.
ACT II— Scene I, The Boy.
Scene II, The Fasting.
ACT III — Hiawatha's Wooing.
ACT IV— The Wedding Feast.
ACT V— The Famine.
ACT VI— Hiawatha's Farewell.
"THE PLAY'S THE THING!"
Since the spring of 1903 when a delightful Tennyson Recital was given
in Normal Hall, something in the dramatic line has been attempted each
year by the members of the senior class.
Although much handicapped by the lack of a good stage, scenery, and
stage properties, a number of excellent production have been presented,
among which "Thesius," a Greek play, "Princess Kiker," a Japanese romance
and "A Scrap of Paper," a modern comedy have been the most effective.
This year a picturesque and beautiful version of Longfellow's "Hiawatha"
was produced and it was generally conceded that the standard of excellence
which had been previously established was not only well sustained, but in
some respects surpassed in this last effort in which the "stage effects were
marvelous for an amateur production and the reading of difficult lines was
In fact nothing connected with the school life is undertaken with more
genuine enthusiasm by the students or is received with such hearty and sub-
stantial support from the general public as the senior class play.
Undergraduates, members of the faculty, friends and parents, it is with
great pleasure that we welcome you on this occasion, this day of days, the
dawning of which we have looked and longed for and yet we regret to see it
close, for the two years which we have spent here, although at times they
have seemed long and burdensome, have been very pleasant ones for us and
it is with a touch of sadness that we leave this life to take up our duties in
broader fields. But our pleasure is doubled because you are here to share
it with us on this our class day.
As we stand at the entrance of the door which closes to us our school
days and opens to us the world, in which we are to become workers, helpers
and leaders, our thoughts turn with feelings of gratitude and appreciation
to those who have done so much to help us in our struggle to reach the goal.
To the members of the faculty we realize that we owe a debt which even
at our best we can pay only in part; this part, kind helpers, we are resolved
to pay with interest, if persistent effort may be accounted as interest. Though
at first, we may find ourselves in restricted fields with limited opportunities
we are resolved to struggle onward and upward or in the words of Brown-
ing, "Welcome each rebuff that makes earth's smoothness rough. Each
sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go." We intend that the communities
in which we work shall feel that the world is being repaid for the maintenance
of its institutions of higher education. We hope by our love for our chosen
work, by the varied lines which we expect to bring to the attention of such
communities, to instill in them a desire for the best in every thing, and so
to encourage them to pursue the upward and onward course.
To our parents who have spared nothing in their efforts to make our
life here as happy and free from care as possible we owe everything. In many
cases the sacrifice involved has been great, but we trust that by our lives we
may show our appreciation of the many privileges granted us. You will
watch eagerly for our success and we will strive with all our might to realize
the ideals which you hold up for us.
To our school-mates we look for the continuance of the high ideals of the
school. We feel sure that you must have embibed something of the dignity
and perseverance which become the senior class, from the atmosphere of
association the past year, short though it has been. We hope that you have
begun to realize the truth given to us by Madeline Bridges, "Give to the
world the best you have, and the best will come back to you." To you we
have the responsibility of maintaining the name and honor, which we have
striven to uphold and which is traditionally passed on from the successive
classes of the North Adams Normal School.
Bridgie A. Cody,
President, Class 1911.
SEPT., 1310 JUNE,tfll
CAN it be almost two years since we entered this most wonderful
institution known as the North Adams Normal School? Although
those two years have been short, too short in time, they, will remain
long in our memories.
As we review the time during which we have been together, we first
think of the farewells, cautious warnings, and a thousand and one "don't
forgets" of our parents and friends as we bravely sallied forth from our homes
to undertake what, we little knew. At almost every city station or country
crossing one or more lively, happy girls boarded the train, accompanied by
as many timid, weeping maidens. The latter proved to be Juniors who were
watched and guided by the cheerful, motherly Seniors until they reached
their destination, Taconic Hall, and were placed under the ever watchful eye
of the faculty. A stranger passing through the corridors on the second and
third floors that evening would have wondered at the little white cards on
the different doors. These were merely guide-posts for the Juniors in finding
their rooms unaided by the Seniors.
Those entrance examinations! How our pencils trembled in our hands
as we struggled to master the many questions which ranged from the finding
of the age of Ann in algebra down to the drawings of imaginary three-toed
fossils in zoology! Nevertheless, we found the age of Ann, to the satisfaction
of the faculty, and sixty ambitious Juniors were given reserve seats at the
front of the hall for chapel.
"Hush! Still as death,
All was so abodingly still"
until the Seniors entered with many a baffled roar like a toothless sea mumb-
ling a rock-bristled shore."
Fear not, Juniors, the Seniors are bidding each other good morning in
the lower corridor. Then, with a tramp, tramp, tramp, up the stairs and into
the hall they came, standing themselves up in a row and passing their opinions
on every individual Junior in the place. It did not take them long to conclude
that we were a decidedly intelligent class, an opinion which they held through-
out the year.
Our attention was next attracted by the faculty who entered with all due
stateliness and majesty, took their places on the platform and smiled at us
sympathetically. During the day, it was impressed upon us many times
that with these people rested our fate.
One Friday evening in the latter part of September, we were given a
reception by the class of 1910. On the named evening, every member of our
class was on hand, wearing her best bib and tucker. It has often been said
that all babies look alike. Whether our hostesses meant to insinuate any-
thing of such a nature or not, was not made known, but a small white card
bearing our respective names with a few general facts of our past histories
was fastened securely to each white frock. Everybody had an enjoyable
time, and at ten o'clock, after bidding our beloved Seniors good night, each
little maid went to her bedroom to hear, within the next fifteen minutes,
"Lights out!" Not daring to disobey rules, the lights were accordingly turned
out so that each little, inexperienced Junior went to bed in the dark. How-
ever, this happened but once for such a difficulty was easily removed and
every night since that memorable evening we have planned our time so well
and arranged our work so systematically that we have always had lights out
and been tucked in our trundle beds at 10.15.
"When the frost was on the pumpkin,
And the fodder in the shook,"
we returned the compliment and entertained the Seniors and faculty for an
hour and a half. We spared no expense in making this party a success, among
other things, having a Gypsy fortune teller to predict the future of each an-
xious guest, and even obtaining ghosts to serve refreshments. How delighted
the Seniors were! However, there was only one thing told by the Gypsy to
which they would not agree, and that was, ere they became full fledged teach-
ers, there would arise one difficulty which would not prove a stepping-stone.
The truth of this statement was not fully realized until both classes met in
What enjoyable trips we took that year! The first on the list was the
western shaft of the Hoosac Tunnel. We can still picture each girl loaded
with notebook, pencil, basket, bottle of acid, glass and hammer in single file.
slowly but successfully crawling under a barbed wire fence and often testing
stones on the opposite side, once more resuming the up hill trip. Finally,
the shaft was reached, and such digging, hammering and scratching had not
been seen in this part of the country since the construction of the tunnel
itself. Led by Mr. Guss, we finally made our weary way back to school with
our bakset of rare and precious minerals under one arm and our implements
under the other.
The most interesting and helpful trip of the year was the one to the
Arnold Print Works. It rained that day as it never rained before, but the
class of 1911, ever eager for knowledge, being protected by raincoats, rubbers
and umbrellas, reported at the factory early in the afternoon. Here we made
volumes of notes on all practical points, thereby pleasing our instructor.
Before leaving the grounds, we visited a blacksmith's shop, the owner of
which readily explained the process of making horseshoes. Although few,
if any of my classmates expect to engage in the business, we are all thoroughly
versed in the science of it.
In mathematics, we were taught to bring geometry into our lives, making
life applications, or in other words, thinking along straight lines, and making
our expressions clear cut and right to the point. We made a specialty of
practical problems, such as the finding of the cost to the proprietor of a
restaurant of one shredded wheat biscuit with cream, the profit thereon, and
also a list of expenses which might be defrayed with the said profit.
From necessity, the work in reading and arithmetic were somewhat
correlated. When we entered school, much to our surprise, we found that
we were unable to count. The year was too short to make up back work in
arithmetic, so Miss Baright consented to have the class count in voice drill.
The numbers to be mastered were from one to five inclusive.
'How often, oh, how often.
In the days that have gone by,"
the surrounding hills have echoed and re-echoed with our cries of "one, two,
three, four, five? One, two, three, four, five!" The work was so thorough
that after a few months' training we could count fives to the right, fives to
the left, fives forward and fives backward without one mistake. In dramatics,
we studied fables in the latter part of the year. A guest upon entering the
room, would have wondered at the vacant chairs, hut in a little while, he
would have discovered the students on stools, tables, under desks, in the
wastebasket. and in every other conceivable place, representing animals of
the different realms. Many of the representations were so good that, had
our guest remained in the hall, he would, without a doubt, have thought a
travelling circus was holding a rehearsal in the room.
Half of the year, one period a week, was given to the study of household
science. Here we were taught how to keep a room clean, fresh and as at-
tractive as possible. This work was put into practise in the training school.
Only the teachers in that building can testify to the value of such a science
to us, for we worked in the school rooms until our fingers were worn to stubs
and the flesh threatened to leave our hones. Mr. Murdoch, realizing the
seriousness of our condition, gave us a week's vacation to recuperate. Upon
our return to school, we were told that we had had our Easter vacation.
In this selfsame year, we were given gardens in which we worked morn-
ing, noon and night in a temperature which ranged from three degrees below
zero to ninety in the shade. How we did work in those gardens, hoeing,
watering with a rake and thinning the plants. Before finishing the work,
we were thoroughly acquainted with all small seedlings and could easily dis-
tinguish between plants and weeds, or at least, we ought to have been able
to. But two somewhat unfortunate members who started seeds in-doors
industriously pulled out the plants and administered the greatest of care to
a few delicate little weeds which, with this unusual attention, soon rivaled
the young trees on the hillside.
Regardless of our hard work and steady advance, we found time for
games with the Seniors. We were their constant but unwilling target except
when in the gymnasium. Here we had the strength of Kwasind, he the
strongest of all mortals." The results of several games in the early part of
the year were a credit to our opponents. In a frolic, although we did not
win with a score, we excelled in play and offered our services to the Seniors
as coach for their team. However, this pleasure was refused. On the score
board the score did justice to the work of 1910. but why did they refuse all
our invitations to games? This we will leave to your imagination as it was
left to ours.
In June, with the advent of superintendents, we realized that our Seniors
were soon to will their seats in assembly to us, and it was with deepest regret
that we bade them farewell, extending to them our heart-felt wish that they
would be successful in their life work. Thus, the year passed on. each one
progressing in her own little sphere, and the line from the tip of the nose to
the nape of the neck becoming markedly curved, showing one year's growth
in gray matter.
The summer vacation certainly did wonders for us. After all the buttons,
hooks and eyes had been securely sewed on our clothes, tucks and seams let
out as much as possible, a day arrived
"When the warm, glad sunshine filled the sky of noon,
And a wind, borrowed from some morn in June,
Stirred the brown grasses of the leafy spray,"
we returned to school with rustic health, "cheeks of tan," "lips redder than
those kissed by strawberries on the hill," and the "muscles of our brawny
arms strong as iron bands." Such a time as we had trying to recognize each
Where were our Juniors? We had met none in our travels from home.
Perhaps they were late and missed the train, however, upon arriving at
Taconic Hall, we were welcomed by the faculty and the Juniors who, if one
were to judge from their ease of manner and familiarity with their surround-
ings, had arrived several days before the opening of school. Nevertheless,
here they were, and thoroughly acquainted with each and all of the entering
That evening, after hearing of the many trials and adventures of the
girls and remembering that we were once more under the dormitory roof and
regulations, at half past ten we were under Orpheus' charm. At that very
witching hour of the night when all things take on weird and horrible shapes
"We hear.d in the chamber above us
The patter of little feet,
The sound of doors that were opened
And voices soft and sweet.
A sudden rush from the doorways,
A sudden run in the hall,
And by one door left unguarded,
The Seniors saw it all,"
Behold the Juniors! having a midnight spread and eating food carried miles
from home. There was no such record in our statistics, and we are pleased
and delighted to think that they finally benefited by our wise and thoughtful
School work soon began in earnest, and knowing that we should have
a representative body, we elected the following officers: Miss Cody, President;
Miss Maloney, Vice-President; Miss Meagher, Treasurer; Miss Mahanna,
Recording Secretary; and Miss Tower, Corresponding Secretary. As a class,
we fully appreciate their work and ceaseless efforts in making everything
undertaken a success.
Upon entering the zoology room, we found the work assigned more than
less connected with our garden work, being sent out into the highways in
search of garden and household pests, in order that we might apply methods
of exterminating them The only way in which we were allowed to consider
them was in connection with the harm they did in getting their food, never
as the "poor, harmless fly that comes to makes us merry with his pretty,
buzzing melody." Bees demanded over half our time, and we made an ex-
haustive study of their life and habits. Even now, on the spur of the mo-
ment, we can give the exact number of drone cells to the square inch.
This year we took up a new line of work with Mr. Bowen. In geography
our memories were strengthened and enlarged, and spelling and pronunciation
improved. Special topics were given out, the very first day and, as we became,
more acquainted with the work, the rate at which they were assigned was
proportionately increased. Much time, energy and patience were spent on
locational geography. Perhaps it is sufficient to say that when the work
was completed we could give in one breath the location, population and im-
portance of any place between the two poles.
In history, "strategic points" and "crucial moments" received their
share of attention. We greatly benefited by the "spur of the off season"
and became thoroughly acquainted with the "terminology" of all books
within our reach. Thus, our lessons were recited in a manner which greatly
surpassed the expectations of our instructor.
As a word to the Juniors, let us advise special study of Semple and Shaler,
as you will find them "delightful reading" and, as far as we know, the best
books on that particular subject. When you are called upon for a report
from them profit by a Senior example and do not give your estimation of
of the book itself.
In our gymnasium work, Miss Skeele, in her concise, introductory talk,
congratulated us upon our play spirit which had by no means vanished during
the summer. We always attended strictly to our work and without fail we
invariably received "A" on every run. Our work was so good that she de-
cided to reward us. How she did "get those prizes into our hands!"
Throughout the year, we received messages, both written and oral, to
join the Juniors in the gymnasium. They could not understand our excuses,
but when they are Seniors and have psychology, geography and authors'
books to work on, maybe they won't find time for games.
The jelly, the jam and the marmalade,
The cherry and quince preserves we made,
With cinnamon in them and all things rare,
Ah, wasn't it good for a girl to see.
And wasn't it good for a girl to be
In the Senior cooking class?
Even a Junior was heard to say, "If my old nose don't tell me lies, 'Pears like
I smell custard pies!" She was right, for there on the table, ready to be cut,
were custard pies made by the skillful cooks of our class.
Because of our unusual ability in this line, before the completion of the
course, we gave a luncheon and were highly complimented on our success.
If we received compliments for such work, what will limit the praise which
the undergraduated, our worthy Juniors, will receive? Even now they can
make anything from fudge down to a shrimp wiggle while you wait. And
such an inventive class! So well did they master the principles of mechanism,
in physics that they set about to make pulleys — pulleys that worked — but
not very long. Take heed! Follow our example, Juniors, and turn your
energies in the right channels on things worth while and success will surely
crown your efforts.
In the psychology class, we gradually became aware of our "cages,"
and we were informed that there are some things which even Seniors could
not do. How we envied each girl who was called upon to illustrate an important
point or psychological fact by sighting some of the experiences of her past
Our class play, "Hiawatha," was presented a short time ago with great
success. The Ojibways themselves would have stood off and gazed with won-
der and surprise on "the wooing of Minnehaha and the antics of the crafty
Pau-Puk-Keewis in the Beggar's Dance."
In a few days, our paths in life will separate widely, and though we have
been together two short years, we have formed friendships that can never
be broken, — thoughts that can never grow dull and will carry away with us
many pleasant memories of the happy days we have spent together.
"If stories of dry and learned lore we gain,
We keep them in the memory of the brain;
Names, things and facts — whatever we knowledge call, —
There is a common ledger for them all,
And images on this cold surface traced
Make slight impressions and are soon effaced.
But we've a page more glowing and more bright.
On which our friendships and our love to write;
That these may never from the soul depart,
We trust them to the memory of the heart,
There is no dimming, no effacement there;
Each new pulsation keeps the record clear;
Warm, golden letters all the tablet fill.
Nor lose their luster till the heart stands still."
Oh, Normal, thy children of 1911,
A boon now are asking at thy bounteous throne —
Since on our life's journey we're starting today,
Oh, grant us thy blessing to cheer the long way!
We thank thee, our guardian, for all thou has done
To lighten the burdens of 1911.
Oh, may the long years ever as happy be,
As have been the joyous days we've spent with thee!
Oh, Normal, Alma Mater! Our hope-star so fair!
We loathe now to wander from thy tender care;
But from the wide world, noble tasks to be done
Are calling thy daughters of 1911.
Alma Mater, we love thee, and, though far away.
Our thoughts will return to thee day after day!
In absence grown fonder, our hearts e'er will be
Entwined with the fair, loving mem'ries of thee!
Agnes Clara Murphy
The time has come, dear classmates,
When we are called to leave
The school which has been our shelter.
And well we all may grieve.
But grief is mingled with pleasure,
For the time has come when we
Must depart from under this shelter,
To fight for our victory.
We cannot go without leaving
Some symbol of growing power;
And so to our Alma Mater,
We trust this vine, this hour.
May we reach ever upward and onward
As this plant climbs up the wall,
Ever trusting in truth and uprightness,
And thanking the Giver for all.
As the ivy will cover over.
With its broad and beautiful leaves,
The cracks and flaws on the building,
Thus showing what it can achieve.
May we feel ourselves covering over,
The unpleasant results of our strife.
With a new and varied experience.
With a broader and better life.
We are struggling to lead little children,
In the pathway of knowledge and faith;
But at present we cannot see clearly,
That the ship's in its haven and safe.
No more can the ivy see clearly.
The heights which it may attain;
But it grows a little daily,
Nor questions nor cares what the gain.
There seems to be something within it.
Which gives it the impulse to grow.
So there is something within us.
Which gives us the courage to do.
Even though the outcome is hidden,
A good deed done today,
An inch in the growth of the Soul stuff.
Will find its reward some way.
Let us never forget the true lessons.
The years this school have taught;
Let us struggle and cling to our ideals.
And say, with the ivy, cease not.
'Till you've gained the top of the ladder;
Till you have at your nod and command.
All the resources God has given you;
'Till you dare for the right ever stand.
The tender shoots of the ivy.
The fingers so frail and thin.
Are groping and feeling for something,
To which they forever may cling.
So let us send out from our beings,
Tender shoots of affection and love,
For the sick, the afflicted, the downcast,
For those who from duty do rove.
And thus we'll be helped and uplifted,
Be turned from our cares and strife,
Be guided, by guiding another,
To a nobler and better life.
In the days of old, at the feet of the god they wished to worship, the
Greeks placed a lamp which they kept burning for some time, frequently
replenishing the oil. So, at the feet of our Alma Mater, we wish to leave our
burning lamp. It is for this purpose that a tiny slip is cut from the ivy every
year, and carefully tended until it is ready, not to be sacrificed, but to do
its own proud work, by showing to the world the feeling of the class who
The ivy, which we plant today, was cut from a vine in the fall of 1909
and, being given careful treatment, thrived. So, too, our love, which began
an independent life in the autumn of this same year, has increased slowly
and surely, until today we are ready to present it to the world through the
symbol which our class has nourished.
"A dainty plant is the ivy green," and as it grows year by year, and as
it climbs, it clings tightly and still more tightly to those walls of our Alma
Mater, embracing her with tiny, delicate, yet strong tendrils. So may we,
from this time on, live as our symbol. Every year may we develop, but as
we advance toward maturity, and as we climb, may we embrace our Alma
Mater more tenderly, and cling to her more lovingly.
After several years, as the ivy grows, one trying to tear it from the wall
will find it impossible. Thus may our love, as it becomes greater and stronger
each year, never be torn from our beloved Alma Mater. Each year may
we return to this home and view what to others is a symbol of our class, but
to us is a symbol of our growth, our love, and all that our school holds dear
Anna D. Donovan.
ITS QlMTER PASTffl
KNOCK INC OUT LICHTS
We, the Class of Nineteen Hundred and Eleven, of the North Adams
normal school, in the County of Berkshire, in the State of Massachusetts,
being of sound and provident mind and being warned in a vision of our im-
pending departure from the normal world into a Great Unknown, do hereby
dispose of our effects and do declare this document to be our last will and
We do give and bequeath as follows:
To the Faculty: —
Our heartiest appreciation of their efforts in our behalf during our many
days spent here. Further, we give our word of honor that as we look back
in the years to come, we will think with favor on the many opinions passed
in faculty meeting; and we will realize that we were here, not for praise, but
To the Training Teachers: —
Our under classmates with all the "contents, sources, and methods";
with the right to bestow on them as many and as helpful suggestions and
criticisms as were bestowed on us.
To the Juniors: —
1. Our places as models in dignity and unassuming worth for the new
members of this school.
i. A large number of scats in the back of the assembly hall, said seats
to be occupied five mornings of each week.
3. To some of their members the burden of taking upon themselves
the duties of the judicial department at the dormitory, provided that said
duties, namely, the knocking out of lights and maintaining order on all
occasions, be faithfully performed.
4. Our seats in the most strategic room in this building, namely the
geography room, with all the best reference books that are known of on that
5. An especially valued possession, Ellen Churchill Semple's "American
History and its Geographical Conditions," with the injunction to remember
that geographic controls played an important part in early history.
6. To them we entrust also the new class, which is soon to take its place
in this school, charging them to instruct said class in all rules and regulations
thereof and to give it such advice as to help it in its hours of need.
Lastly, our gratitude for the spirit of loyalty and helpfulness which they
have always shown during the year of our guardianship.
Signed, scaled and declared by the representative of the Class of 1911
to be its last will and testament.
For 1011, Catherine D. Meagher
Witness, Mary Louise Baright.
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